Tuesday, February 21, 2012
Lord Bonkers' Diary: Fanny Craddock and the Great Train Robbery
I was sorry to see Anthony Worrall Thompson up before the beak for shoplifting, but there are so many chefs on television these days that they cannot possibly all make a living and some will inevitably turn to crime. I have no reason to think that they will be among them, but Michel Roux Jr would have only to give people a Hard Stare and they would hand over their wallets without complaint – much as he now persuades an egg to crack and separate itself simply by looking at it – while Heston Blumenthal would be a useful chap to have in the XI if you wanted someone to mix the explosives to blow a safe.
Besides, there is nothing new in this: Fanny Craddock was believed by Scotland Yard to be the brains behind the Great Train Robbery but, despite years of surveillance, they were unable to pin it on her. Marguerite Patten, by contrast, has always struck me as a Thoroughly Good Sort.
Lord Bonkers was Liberal MP for Rutland South-West 1906-10
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